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Michael Wooten and Hong Xu appointed to Northern Virginia Community College Board

July 28, 2009

Michael Wooten
Hong Xu

Northern Virginia Community College President Robert G. Templin Jr. recently announced that Michael E. Wooten and Hong J. Xu will represent Prince William County and Manassas Park, respectively, on the College Board.

Wooten lives in Woodbridge and works at the Defense Acquisition University at Fort Belvoir where he is the deputy director of the Operations Support Group. He has expertise in such college issues as accreditation, workforce development, infrastructure management, institutional partnerships and instructional development. After earning an associate degree at a community college, Wooten went on to earn three master’s degrees.

Xu brings years of legal experience and is currently an intellectual property attorney for the Dow Chemical Company. He has also worked as a patent examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office and as a chemical engineer at Pfizer Inc. Born and raised in Shanghai, Xu became a United States citizen in 1997 and moved to Manassas Park in 2000.

“We are honored to welcome these talented men to the College Board and I look forward to working with them,” Dr. Templin said.

Other Board members are Dr. Jerome Barrett, representing Falls Church City; Jason Middough, Alexandria City; David Miller, Gregory Schuckman and H. Patrick Walters, Fairfax County; Dr. Mark E. Stavish, Loudoun County; Dr. Diane R. Tuininga, Fairfax City; Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez, Arlington County; and Dr. James White, Manassas City. White is the current Board chair and Tuininga is vice chair.

Board members are appointed for four-year terms. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the College responds to the needs of its service region within the statewide policies, procedures and regulations of the State Board for Community Colleges.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.